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Simon Pegg Confirms Idris Elba Will Play a ‘Kickass’ New Character in ‘Star Trek 3′

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Even as a new rumor surfaces that the next installment of the “Star Trek” will be titled “Star Trek Beyond,” star and co-writer Simon Pegg has revealed more about the approach to the film, and the nature of Idris Elba’s role.

Cornered by MTV at CinemaCon, Pegg seemed to underscore the comments he made last month to SPINOFF, noting that while the films can’t recreate the original TV series, they can embrace its “essence.”

“We can certainly invest in it the spirit of the show and get back to the essence of what it is,” he explained. “What we’re hoping to do is make a ‘Star Trek’ for today that doesn’t forget where it came from.”

Pegg also at least unofficially unconfirmed Elba’s involvement in “Star Trek 3″ — ““Idris is an extraordinary actor and we’re trying to write him a kickass role” — but shot down speculation he’ll play a character from the series.

“This is a five-year mission now, we’re out there,” he said. “We don’t always have to keep bumping into the same people. It’s a massive universe […] so we’re going to try to reflect that in the movie.”

Beginning production in June, “Star Trek 3″ features returning cast members Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Anton Yelchin. It opens July 8, 2016.


  • Darth Rocco

    I love the idea that we will start to get into new ideas and territory. The past was good for the past but let’s see what else is out there.

  • ElGigante

    You mean like he said Benedict Cumberbatch definitely wasn’t playing Khan? Peggs already shown he will lie outright to fans, so i don’t really see why anyone would believe anything he says about who is playing whom.

  • Moonshadow Dark

    He didn’t lie. His name was John Smith up until the third act. What Pegg said was true….from a certain point of view. >:)

  • tx345453

    what they need to do is pay omage to spock maybe this actor can play a friend or that time traveler cube guy that shows up out of now where from patrick stewart star trek or deep space 9 since i think than it would be different and you see flashbacks and it opens a paradox in a time hole

  • red vector

    Star Trek to find a coherent plot.

  • radii

    M-5 creator Dr. Daystrom – the computer throws Enterprise to the edge of the Galaxy (and “Beyond”) and resets it to the TOS universe without the jj/lindelof/orci crap … and brings back VELOUR, baby!

  • Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    John Harrison, not John Smith.

  • Debbie Valenta

    You sure you’re not confusing Pegg with J.J. Abrams–who IS known to outright lie to fans? Not dissing Abrams, but he’ll say anything to throw you off the scent.

  • SisterChristian69

    His name was never John Smith.

  • SisterChristian69

    Pegg did lie about Cumberbatch as well. However, he had no choice but to do so–that decision came from higher up. And it was the right decision.

  • SisterChristian69

    Daystrom is not a new character, so no.

  • Moonshadow Dark

    Ah yeah. Harrison, not Smith. But honestly, did anyone care after he says “MY NAME…IS KHAAAAN!”?

  • ElGigante

    No, Pegg made the same assurances when asked about Khan.

  • ElGigante

    A certain point of view?

  • Debbie Valenta

    True, but he was lower down on the food chain for Into Darkness and probably just saying what he was told to say.